About OLLI at UVa

Board of Directors, Officers, Committees, and Staff

Tailored to seniors’ lifestyles, classes are held in the daytime, almost always in places with convenient parking. Our courses, lasting three to six weeks, fit the typical senior’s schedule.

“This institution of my native state, the hobby of my old age, will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind, to explore and to expose every subject susceptible of its contemplation.”

Thomas Jefferson in letter to Destutt de Tracy
Dec. 26, 1820

OLLI is recognized as a University-related Foundation by the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia.  In 2007 OLLI at U.Va. became one of now 117 institutes in a growing, national, lifelong-learning network for seasoned adults that is supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation founded in 1977 and headquartered in San Francisco.

Our Mission

Aware that an active mind is as necessary to a full life as are social relationships and physical exercise, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia offers educational opportunities and intellectual enrichment to active adults in the community. The Institute is member-directed and draws upon its members’ resources, as well as other academic and community resources, to organize courses and other educational activities. In this stimulating environment, members may acquire new knowledge, explore ideas, exercise creativity, and share interests and expertise with others.

Membership in OLLI at the University of Virginia

We welcome all who are interested in our goals to join OLLI at UVa. There are no prerequisites, educational or otherwise, for membership—only a desire to continue intellectual exploration. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for active adults to gain knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of academic and recreational pursuits that match our members’ interests and way of life. Our goal is to do this so that learning is fun and interactive.

For more information visit our  Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) page.